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As the world’s second-largest nation, Canada has a lot to offer, with breathtaking mountainous landscapes, national parks and coastlines, and a melting pot of cultures, languages and people. From the Gothic architecture and fairytale castles of Québec, to Alberta’s Sulphur Mountain offering panoramic views of six Canadian Rockies mountain ranges, Canada has everything for the outdoorsy traveller.
Then there’s the cosmopolitan cities of Vancouver and Toronto, offering up everything from exceptional world-class cuisine, to art, museums, parks, attractions, endless shopping and nightlife.
Take a trip up the iconic CN Towner, before meandering around St Lawrence Market – perhaps the most famous market in Toronto. Also worth a visit is the Bata Show Museum, housing more than 13,000 different types of shoe (and some famous pairs, too!) In Vancouver, no trip is complete without visiting the tranquil Chinese gardens of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, before visiting the Richmond night market for some tasty street eats. Canada has it all, no matter what your itinerary.
- Canada has an electronic travel authorisation system. Anyone flying to Canada needs to apply for an eTA in order to enter the country. The eTA costs $7 CAD (around £4) and you can apply for one here.
- The Canadian currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). It is typically at a lower value than the pound. Notes are in 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar nominations.
- There are six Canadian time zones in total. Check official times across Canada using this clock.
- French is an official language in Canada, and is spoken in every province. You’ll find the highest number of native French speakers in Quebec. English is also an official language and is spoken in every province.
- EU and British drivers’ licences are valid in Canada.
- In Canada the standard voltage is 110-120V with a standard frequency of 60 Hz. You will need a plug adapter or a converter to use electrical items.
- Ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover the costs of medical care abroad should you require it. Medical care in Canada can be costly.
- Winter driving conditions can be extreme – snow tyres may be required in some provinces.
- If you require emergency services during your trip, call 911.
Best time to travel
Canada has four seasons, like the UK, so there are positives and negatives to travelling in every one of them. It is generally agreed that the best time to visit Canada (for warm weather), is in the summer months of June-August. At this time, in cities like Toronto, temperatures can reach a balmy 26°C, but can be very busy. Autumn months are also a great time to visit Canada (from September-November), as tourist attractions and hotels are less crowded and more affordable. The weather cools down, but is still pleasant. You’ll also find plenty of autumnal festivals to enjoy against the backdrop of beautiful changing foliage. Bear in mind that Canada is a large country, so different locations will have different temperatures and best times to visit.